their car-free lifestyle due to struggles with Winnipeg Transit.
Despite their initial commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and showing that it’s possible to live car-free in Winnipeg, the family has been forced to resume using a vehicle due to unreliable bus schedules and safety concerns, particularly with young children.
Data from Statistics Canada’s 2021 long-form census reveals that Winnipeg Transit users have a considerably lower average income compared to the overall population of the city, indicating potential disparities in access to transportation options based on economic status.
The experiences of this family shed light on the challenges faced by many Winnipeg Transit users, including safety concerns at bus stops and on board buses, as well as the stress and inconvenience of unreliable schedules.
The lower economic power of Winnipeg Transit users may be a contributing factor to the city’s lack of effort in improving transit service, as suggested by the family’s comparison to the frequent and reliable transit service in Toronto.
While the family acknowledges their privilege in being able to afford a vehicle again, they express concern for the tens of thousands of people in Winnipeg who do not have that option, highlighting the importance of addressing transit issues for the entire community.
The comments from the family and the data from Statistics Canada’s census underscore the need for significant improvements to Winnipeg Transit to ensure safe, reliable, and accessible transportation for all residents.